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Superheroes day

Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway are holding a superheroes day on Sunday 19 August 2018 from 10.45am to 4pm.

Those dressed as their favourite superhero will ride the train for free. This is an ideal family day out, with a great picnic and play area.

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Join the Mayor skydiving fundraiser challenge

Councillor Ben Khosa, Mayor of Richmond, will plunge 15,000ft through the air during a skydiving challenge to raise money for his mayoral charity, Refuge Richmond. 

Cllr Khosa will take to the air in early 2019 and is keen to recruit a team of fundraisers to join him in his challenge. Full training and equipment would be provided. Those keen to sign up need to raise a minimum of £300 to cover the cost of the skydive.

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Championing the needs of disabled people at work

Richmond and Wandsworth councils have been awarded Disability Confident Employer status under the Disability Confident Scheme. The scheme recognises organisations who are committed to ensuring disabled and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

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Richmond Green Gym August Programme

Richmond Green Gym offer unique and free opportunities for locals to get involved in transforming Mereway Nature Park and Orchard for the benefit of wildlife and the local community. 

There are a number of activities scheduled this month including the construction of a raised bed and a litter pick walk. The group meet every Wednesday at 10.45am, all volunteers regardless of experience and levels of fitness are welcome.

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Twickenham Record Fair

Twickenham Record Fair is a new monthy Record Collectors' Fair, taking place on Saturday 18 August 2018, 9am to 4.30pm on Church Street, Twickenham.

Just around the corner from the fair is Eel Pie Island Museum, which celebrates the extraordinary history of the island in the middle of the River Thames, especially its critical role in the development of the British jazz and RnB scenes.

Entrance to the fair is a £1 charitable donation.

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Internship opportunity at Strawberry Hill House & Garden

Strawberry Hill House & Garden have an operations internship available from mid August 2018.

The successful candidate will learn what goes on behind the scenes at the heritage attraction and help prepare for the Lost Treasures exhibition starting in October.

Those wishing to apply should send their applications by email.

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Street cleaning schedule online tool

A new interactive online tool has been launched to inform local residents about our street cleaning services.

After discussion with Continental Landscapes, who our cleaning contract is outsourced to, all street cleaning schedules have now been published on our website. This will provide residents with guidance as to when their local high streets and residential streets will be cleaned.

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New Comment Spot posted

Read this week's new Comment Spot post to find out what Cabinet Members have been up to and what they have planned.

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First century roman statue returns to Strawberry Hill House

An upcoming exhibition at Strawberry Hill House will include a first century roman imperial eagle statue on loan from Gosford House in Scotland after the Strawberry Hill Trust received a £5000 grant from the Council.

The statue will return to the borough where it was previously kept by Horace Walpole, son of the famous Prime Minister who bought and rebuilt Strawberry Hill House in the 18th century.

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Celebrate play streets this September

We are encouraging families and residents to host a play street, as part of National Car Free Day on 22 September 2018.

All administration costs for road closures will be waived, and there will be a number of grants of up to £250 to allow neighbours to plan fun activities that encourage people to spend the day outdoors.

The deadline for applications is 7 September 2018.

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Hammersmith Bridge maintenance closure

We are giving residents and businesses advance warning of planned maintenance and investigation work on Hammersmith Bridge that will take place next week.

The work is being carried out by Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Transport for London, and is scheduled to run from 7am to 7pm on Monday 20 August until Thursday 23 August 2018.

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Support the Sherland Road Community Garden project

South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) are looking to raise £550 to enhance Sherland Road Community Garden as a haven for both local residents and wildlife to enjoy. Money raised will go towards the cost of the materials for the laying of the hedge as well as building new compost bins at the back of the garden.

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Summer activities at Kew Gardens

Explore the Here Be Dragons exhibition next to Kew Palace these holidays to celebrate the restoration of 80 magnificent dragons on the Great Pagoda. Use the Dragon Trail to hunt for the sculptures within the grounds where you can also enjoy free family art activities from 6 to 19 August 2018.

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Collection Curiosities at Orleans House Gallery

A new exhibition displaying some of Orleans House Gallery's storeroom collections will be taking centre stage later this month.

Collection Curiosities will exhibit strange portraits of the dead and phantoms, images of long-demolished buildings and vanished gardens, atmospheric watercolours, amusing caricatures, macabre objects and much more.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 25 August to late November.

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Judicial review against Heathrow expansion

Lawyers have issued judicial review proceedings in the High Court against the Secretary of State for Transport on the basis that he has unlawfully designated the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) under the Planning Act 2008.

The grounds of challenge are on air quality, inadequate environmental assessment, climate change, surface access, breach of the habitats directive and a flawed consultation process.

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Art Play exhibition enters final month

The Art Play exhibition at Orleans House is entering its final weeks on show. The exhibition, by artist Jason Taylor, sees everyday objects transformed into opportunities for play. 

More than 1,600 people have visited the exhibition since it opened at the start of July. If you haven’t been down to the exhibition, you are encouraged to do so before it closes on Sunday 2 September 2018.

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Update your voting registration details

All households in the borough have been sent a form to check that resident information held on the electoral register is correct.

This is part of our annual voter registration canvass and aims to make sure the electoral register is as accurate as possible. This will also ensure that anyone who has recently moved to the borough, or recently reached voting age, can be included.

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Rocking weekend in Richmond

Thousands of music fans gathered at Richmond Riverside to rock the weekend away with ten great acts at Richmond Music Festival. 

The two day music extravaganza was organised by VisitRichmond, the Crawdaddy Club, Eel Pie Island Museum, Basement Door and Duck Pond Market.

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Twickenham Studios presents Twi-Curiosities

The Lounge at Twickenham Studios will present Twi-Curiosities, a free exhibition of hilarious and outrageously subverted historical prints of Richmond and Twickenham, by local artist Jem Panufnik.

The exhibiton will run from late September to early November 2018.

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Art competition extended

The competition deadline for inspiring young artists to provide artwork to decorate the Mayor’s Parlour in York House has been extended to 5pm on 14 September 2018.

The Mayor is looking for eight pictures created by children aged five to eleven years. The idea is to capture a favourite place within the borough whether it be a local park, street, school or sports club.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017